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WRC | PREVIEW | RD3 – RALLY CROATIA

Making its debut into the FIA World Rally Championship this year and to the top level of rallying is newcomer Rally Croatia (22nd – 25th April). First held back in 1974 as a national rally and then incorporated into the European championship in 1986; from then on the Croatians have enjoyed rallying ever since. Photo: Croatia Rally Offering up an exciting new Asphalt challenge for the worlds best rally drivers from the WRC, WRC-2, WRC-3, and Junior WRC; this new event, with its service park based in the capital city…

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RALLY | 68th RALLYE SANREMO 2021

Ahead of Round 3 of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships in Croatia, Hyundai WRT despatched its squad to the Italian coastal city of Sanremo for the 68th edition of this long-standing iconic asphalt rally.  Whilst their competitors such as Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT opted for local pre-event test days in Croatia, Hyundai chose a competitive environment in addition to its preparation. With the aim of not only providing some valuable seat time on Asphalt for a number of its crews but also to gain some further experience of running…

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OFF ROAD OTHER 

EXT-E | Extreme E set for inaugural X Prix in just two days’ time

Nine teams and 18 drivers to race in very first Extreme E event, the Desert X Prix. – World-first gender equal motorsport format features top driver talent including Jenson Button, Jamie Chadwick, Sébastien Loeb, Molly Taylor, Carlos Sainz and Sara Price. – Time Trial Qualifications on Saturday followed by multi-car racing on Sunday Finals – Guest pundits Karun Chandhok and Sam Bird to provide expert insight alongside Commentators Jennie Gow and Andrew Coley, and Layla-Anna Lee – Fan social voting to determine the Desert X Prix Final grid positions through…

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RACE 

F1 | RD1 – BAHRAIN GP 2021

It has been over 100 days since last season ended in Abu Dhabi back in December but now with the new rules, this season is expected to deliver even more closer racing. The early indications are that the RedBulls and particularly the likes of Max Verstappen are going to be bringing the fight this year to Mercedes and our 7 times World Champ Lewis Hamilton. For the first time Bahrain opens up the FIA Formula One race season, the scene of that truly horrific accident last year which saw The…

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F1 | RD1 – BAHRAIN GP 2021 | QF

RedBull Racings Max Verstappen takes the first pole of the season in the number 33 car. After making it 3 out of 3 in all free practice sessions, he then proceeded to win Qualifying after an out dog fight with 7 times Champ Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman (Verstappen) secured pole, his fourth in his F1 career by 0.338secs over raining champ Hamilton who pushed him all the way. Hamilton’s Mercedes Team-Mate Valtteri Bottas secured P3. “It all worked out perfectly in qualifying! I’m really happy with pole position. Great job,…

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F1 | RD1 – BAHRAIN GP 2021 | FP1/2

Red Bull Racings Max Verstappen tops the Friday Free Practice Sessions 1 & 2. Verstappen posted the fastest time in FP1 ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and then followed that up under the Bahrain floodlights into FP2 – The evening session with another fastest time ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. “It’s been a good day again and with the heat and the wind it is not easy to find a perfect balance around the whole lap but overall I would say it was a positive day. There are still things…

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WRC | RD2 – ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND 2021 | LEG 3

Just two final stages covering approx 45km were all that remained on the final leg of the Arctic Rally Finland (Round 2 of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships), and Estonian Ott Tanäk was on course to be written into the World Rally history books. With an overnight temperature drop and some fresh snow, the conditions on the 28km Aittajärvi stage were ideal for this final high-speed blast on the snow and ice.  Photo: NEP Finland Rally leader Ott Tanäk went into the final day with a 24 seconds lead…

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WRC | RD 2 – ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND 2021 | LEG 2

As the sun rose over a picturesque Arctic Circle, the crews faced the main bulk of the rally, with 144km spread over 6 stages (3 stages repeated in two loops). Leg 2 of this second round of the FIA World Rally Championships was the longest of this short 10 stage event but would deliver plenty of moments and drama for some. Overnight Rally leader, Ott Tänak entered the day with a 16.2 seconds lead over his fellow Hyundai team-mate Craig Breen. Whilst his Championship rival, Sébastien Ogier who battled with…

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WRC | RD 2 – ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND 2021 | LEG 1

For the second round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships, we have ventured far North into the Arctic Circle for the first time in its 49 year history. The Rovaniemi based Arctic Rally event in the North of Finland has come to rescue in place of the fallen Swedish rally and has created much excitement amongst World Rally fans, despite being a non-spectator event, like Round 1 the Monte Carlo was. A total of 251km spread over just 10 stages in this short winter sprint rally faced the 55…

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WRC | RD2: Hyundai tops shakedown at the Arctic Rally Finland 2021

Following their pre-rally event test where the Hyundai pair of Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville recently both competed on the Estonian Otepää Winter Rally and won the event with a team 1-2. Tänak and Neuville continued to get to grips with the wintery snow and icy conditions as they set the top two fastest times on the mornings shakedown for the 2nd round of the FIA World Rally Championships, on the outskirts of Rovaniemi, Northern Finland. Photo: WRC.Com The temperature was around -2, which was a lot milder compared to…

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